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No Cross-Dressing for Tots
April 8, 2015 permalink
When Jennifer Giordana let her five-year-old daughter Maddie dress in a boy's Easter outfit, Texas child protective services stepped in to save the girl.
Child protectors are supportive of gay and lesbian adults, even boasting of a high level of adoptions by same-sex couples.      . But the slightest hint of irregularity in a child is grounds for intervention.
Mum of 'tomboy' girl accused of child abuse for letting her pick boys' outfit for Easter
Jennifer Giordana let her five-year-old daughter pick out a boys' suit rather than a frilly dress for an Easter outfit
A mum who let her five-year-old 'tomboy' daughter pick out an outfit designed for boys has been accused of child abuse.
Jennifer Giordana let her daughter Maddie pick out a traditional boys' suit as an Easter treat rather than a frilly dress from the girls' section.
But Jennifer said the shop assistant was filled with "disgust" when she saw Maddie in the outfit and the little girl left the store in tears.
"The woman's face was just a face of disgust," said Jennifer, who was shopping in Martha's Miniatures in Texas.
"She told me that I was promoting wrong behavior and that parents should not let their children choose the way that they dress if it's cross-gendered."
Jennifer told American news site KTEN: "Maddie's a tomboy.
"She's preferred to dress in boys' clothes since she was about three years old."
The upset mum then posted about her experience on Facebook and supportive friends responded by giving the business one-star reviews.
But a Martha Miniatures' employee hit back, saying: "I was so shocked she asked for a boys' suit for the child.
"I asked her why she was encouraging this."
Another post went on to say: "This is child abuse from the mother."
The store's Facebook page has since been removed.
Although laws against business discrimination are in force in Texan cities such as Austin, Dallas, Houston and Fort Worth, Grayson County – where the store is located – does not.
Attorney Bobbie Peterson-Cate said: "It depends on what they're refusing the service for – for sexual orientation, no, it is not illegal."
But Giordano thinks it is still a bad business move to look down on her for allowing Maddie to dress how she wants.
"People don't need to pick on little kids for what they're wearing," she said.
Source: Daily Mirror (UK)